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Allen & Heath dLive Mix System For Finland’s Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos

Venue’s new dLive S7000 surface fitted with a Dante card for virtual sound check and multi-track recording, as well as a Waves card; a dLive Wings Navigator setup heads the monitor system.
The venue’s lead engineer, Janne Lappalainen, with the new dLive S7000 control surface.

The main auditorium of the Sámi Cultural Centre Sajos in Inari, Finland recently underwent a renovation where it has been equipped with audio and conference technology that includes an Allen & Heath dLive mix system.

The facility, which is also home to the Finnish Sámi Parliament, hosts events ranging from concerts to theatre productions. Further, as the largest event venues in Northern Lapland, one of the central projects is the unique Sámi music centre, which actively encourages the development and teaching of traditional Sámi music.

Supplied by Finnish distributor F-Pro, the new dLive S7000 control surface is fitted with a Dante card for virtual sound check and multi-track recording as well as a Waves card. It’s paired with a CDM48 MixRack.

“The previous system was getting old and with fewer updates being released, it was time to move on to something more technologically advanced,” explains Petri Kaltala, product manager at F-Musiikki. “As Janne was already aware of and using Allen & Heath products, we felt dLive was the natural progression for the centre and that it would tick all the boxes.”

Lead engineer Janne Lappalainen adds, “After seeing all the rave reviews for dLive and having used Qu-SB, which sounds far more expensive than it is, we decided to take the plunge and get an S7000. We felt that if A&H can build such an impressive mixer with a tiny footprint, the larger scale dLive would be incredible.”

Alongside the S7000 surface and CDM48 MixRack, the centre operates a dLive Wings Navigator setup to drive the monitor system on stage, offering dual touchscreens running dLive director and an IP8 remote controller for tactile control over the monitor mix. The compact setup is also used as a mobile solution for touring shows.

“dLive’s preamp emulation and DEEP processing features are far superior to our previous mixing system and, being zero-latency, there’s no need for delay compensation, which makes life so much easier. The ease of workflow and configurable interface was also a big selling point for us, as guest techs can now make the console fit their workflow quickly, rather than having a stiff learning-curve,” Lappalainen concludes.

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